Leadership

Thomas G. Bognanno, President and CEO

Thomas G. Bognanno has been the President and CEO of Community Health Charities since January 2006. Prior to that, Tom had a distinguished 20-year career with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), as Executive Director for the former ADA New Mexico and Missouri affiliates and Executive Vice President for the Texas affiliate. He was promoted to Special Assistant to the CEO in 1998 before becoming Chief Field Officer in 2003. Prior to ADA, he spent six years with the American Cancer Society.

Tom was instrumental in revitalizing the community-level infrastructure of ADA and prioritizing volunteer and staff development. He was also one of the chief architects of the Everyday Choices for a Healthier Life partnership between the ADA, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society.

At Community Health Charities, Tom has been a catalyst for creating a new direction and evolving into a full-service organization focused on employee engagement, workplace giving campaigns, health resources, causes, and strategic partnerships. Tom also provided the leadership and vision that resulted in the consolidation of Community Health Charities into one entity with the merger of the 36 separate affiliate associations in 2014. Currently, he is leading the effort to re-design Community Health Charities’ strategic direction and accelerate income generated for our member charities.

Tom serves on the ZERO: The End to Prostate Cancer Board of Directors, Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity Foundation Corporate Governance Committee, the Board of Directors for the Institute for Sustainable Development, and the Benevity Nonprofit Community Council.

Residing in northern Virginia, Tom and his wife, Suzan, have been married for more than 35 years and raised three children.

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Community Health Charities is honored to have the strong volunteer leadership of the 2018–2019 National Board of Directors.

Cynthia Rolfe, Chair
Vice President, Brand Strategy
BlueCross BlueShield Association (Retired)
Blufton, SC

Kevin Clayton, Vice Chair
Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement
Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland, OH

Linda G. Blount, Vice Chair
President & CEO
Black Women’s Health Imperative
Washington, DC

Adam Rothschild, Secretary
Chief Marketing Officer
Blue Owl Software
New York, NY

Dr. Charu Raheja, Treasurer
CEO
TriageLogic Group
Jacksonville, FL

Thomas G. Bognanno
President & CEO
Community Health Charities
Alexandria, VA

Walter T.  Chesley
Chief Human Resources Officer
Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN

Alex Cunningham 
Senior Advisor, Global Social Investment, Corporate Affairs
Chevron U.S.A Inc.
San Ramon, CA

Angie Dahl
Director of Development
American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT)
Chicago, IL

Peter Dudley
Chief Development Officer
Cancer Support Community
Walnut Creek, CA

Erin Gollhofer
Global Corporate Social Responsibility Communications Consultant
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Dallas, TX

Xiaoteng Huang
Managing Partner
PinKU Japanese Street Food
Minneapolis, MN

Sabrina Spitaletta Johar
Director, Center for Public Health
Milken Institute
Washington, DC

Eric T. Jones
Senior Managing Director, Advisory Solutions & Product Development
TIAA Financial Solutions
New York, NY

Dr. Stephen Keith, MD, MSPH
Medical Director
Syneos Health
Chicago, IL

Sandra B. Nichols, MD, FAAFP, MHCDS, MS
SVP, Chief Medical Officer
United Healthcare, United Clinical Services
Reston, VA

Jillian Niesley-Mershon
Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Community Impact
Comcast Corporation
Philadelphia, PA

Charleeda Redman 
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Population Health
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
Philadelphia, PA

Tiffany Reeves
Shareholder
Reinhart Institutional Investor Services
Chicago, IL

Romana Rolniak
Sr. Manager II, Supply Chain Communications
Walmart, Inc.
Bentonville, AR

Beth Rusert
Vice President, Chief Marketing & Growth Officer
Concordia Plan Services
St. Louis, MO

Karen M. Spruill
Executive Director, Federal Employee Program Member Experience
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
Washington, DC